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FROM left: Michael Mackey, Willmott Dixon; Cllr Gill Slocombe, Sedgemoor council; Cllr Alan Bradford, Chairman, Sedgemoor council; Cllr Mark Healey MBE, Sedgemoor council; Mark Williams, Scott Cinema; Cllr Kathy Pearce, Sedgemoor council; Doug Bamsey, Sedgemoor council and Rob Woolcock, Willmott Dixon

Northgate yard celebrates topping out milestone

BRIDGWATER’S £16 million leisure regeneration project in the town centre has celebrated another major milestone in its construction.

Sedgemoor District Council and main contractor Willmott Dixon held a topping out ceremony to celebrate the final steelwork being installed at the highest point of the structure on the site ahead of its planned opening in Autumn 2022.

Guests and children from the adjacent Northgate Primary School took to some of the steel beams with pens to sign their names to mark the occasion.

Yew tree

In reference to a 14th century building tradition in Northern Europe, a small yew tree was taken to the top of the building for the ceremony and will be planted in the redeveloped Brewery Field later.

Reaching a total height of 41.8ft, the last piece of steel was secured on the roof of the 40,000 sq. ft scheme which will be boasting a state of the art 7-screen cinema operated by WTW Scott Cinema, an 8-lane bowling alley and sports bar operated by Allstars.

The development will also feature 12,000 sq ft of flexible restaurant space in five restaurant units with outdoor dining areas, available for local, regional and national food and drink brands.

Huge investment

Cllr Alan Bradford, Chairman of Sedgemoor council, said; “Northgate Yard is a huge investment in the town centre and is set to be a landmark destination for both locals and tourists.

“We’re delighted that so much progress has been made on the construction and that we’re already at such a landmark stage in the build – it won’t be long before we’ll all be enjoying the leisure and entertainment facilities that will be on offer.”

The scheme will also feature outdoor meeting places and landscaping. The adjacent green space, Brewery Field, will be improved and updated to feature an outdoor children’s play area and parkland with a pond and landscaped planting.

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